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Turkey’s higher education board demands resignation of over 1,500 deans
Turkey’s Higher Education Board has demanded the resignation of 1,557 deans at all private and state universities amid a wide-scale crackdown on judiciary members and public personnel over alleged links to the failed coup attempt on July 15. HURRIYET DAILY NEWS

Remaining SABC journalists facing disciplinary action fired
All eight senior journalists, who were suspended earlier this month after speaking out against SABC’s chief operating officer’s decision to ban news coverage of violent protests, were notified that they have been fired. TIMES LIVE

Bahrain prosecutes journalist in renewed crackdown on the media
As part of a renewed crackdown on free expression, France24 correspondent Nazeeha Saeed, who was detained and tortured 2011, has been charged under a press law that prohibits Bahrainis from working for foreign media outlets without a licence. GUARDIAN

India lifts ban but Kashmir papers not printing amid unrest
Authorities lifted a three-day publication ban in India’s portion of Kashmir, but newspapers delayed new print runs due to uncertainties about the media restrictions imposed during massive anti-India protests that left dozens of people dead and hundreds injured.

Hate bloggers target free-speech statute
Allegations of government-sanctioned internet censorship are at the heart of a new federal complaint by anti-Muslim groups, but civil libertarians hail the statute under attack as the foundation of online free expression. COURTHOUSE NEWS SERVICE

Charges against local Georgia journalist officially dismissed
Charges have been dropped against Fannin Focus Publisher Mark Thomason, who found himself in the middle of a legal battle following an open records request in the rural north Georgia county, following pressure from media and free speech organizations.